The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Vocal Performance Section 3

Vocalists learn to listen and interact with the band as equal partners. This involves a high degree of listening skills and theoretical knowledge, as well as knowledge of the singer’s craft and awareness of the instrumentalists. Emphasis is on applied theory; being able to improvise having internalized the melody, chords, and scales; and personalizing the musical interpretations through arrangements, improvisations, and improvising lyrics. This course may be part of the required vocal curriculum, depending on evaluation placement. 1–2 credits
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